JORDAN EBERLE: 14 AT 24

Robin Brownlee
May 15 2014 12:31PM

JordanEberle

I'll leave the squealing and tossing of panties to Wanye, but on the occasion of Jordan Eberle's 24 birthday today, it's worth noting what a terrific hockey player he's been for the Edmonton Oilers during four mostly miserable seasons with this floundering franchise.

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ON THE BLOCK: DION PHANEUF

Robin Brownlee
May 12 2014 10:18AM

dion

Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet says the Toronto Maple Leafs are shopping defenseman Dion Phaneuf. Should the Edmonton Oilers be interested?  That's a stupid question. Of course they should be.

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AT RANDOM: ABOUT LEON . . .

Robin Brownlee
May 09 2014 12:50PM

LeonDraisaitl

When it comes to discussions about the need for the Edmonton Oilers to add size and edginess to their line-up, I've often said you can't go by size alone because big players can play small and small players can play big.

That's probably why I've got mixed feelings that the Oilers will likely have the opportunity to select Prince Albert's Leon Draisaitl with the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR

Robin Brownlee
May 05 2014 02:41PM

Craig MacTavish2

Garage sales are terrific for buyers with a sharp eye for a bargain and the ability to sort through junk that's destined for the landfill and find something useful for pennies on the dollar.

They're not so great for sellers for the same reason – you bundle up a bunch of stuff you thought you wanted or needed and paid perfectly good money for not so long ago, throw it out on tables beside the family Buick and grind away trying to recoup as much money as you can.

Something, say a dime on the dollar, is probably better than nothing for the home haircut kit or Zamfir Pan Flute CD collection the little woman bought on the Home Shopping Channel, but a loss is a loss is a loss.

The way I see it, this off-season is shaping up much like that for Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish, who is going to have to sell-off players at less than 100 cents on the dollar if he wants to gather the pieces he needs to fill-in holes on his roster and re-shape his hockey team.

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GROUPTHINK: ROOM FOR DISSENT?

Robin Brownlee
April 29 2014 12:05AM

Lowe, Kevin

I wonder how many times since 2000 somebody inside the management group of the Edmonton Oilers has looked Kevin Lowe in the eye and offered the opinion that he's absolutely wrong, mistaken or misguided?

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